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Tay Bridge and V&A Dundee

The first stop on the cruise we took last year was … Dundee! It’s only about twenty-five miles or so away from Son of the Rock Acres but it cost £200 less, each, for us to board at Newcastle rather than embark a day later at Dundee. No brainer.

The ship’s docking point in Scotland’s fourth city did give me a view of the Tay Bridge I hadn’t had before, though.

Tay Bridge

To the extreme right of the above photo is the new V&A Dundee, better seen in the photo below with RSS Discovery and Discovery Point beyond V&A:-

Tay Bridge and V&A Building

Wandering round the city centre I came across these stone penguins having a wee daunder:-

Model Penguins, Dundee City Centre

Nearby was this plaque commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Great War. “Dedicated to the glory of god and to those men and women who in all corners of the world gave their lives in service of our beloved country. We Will Remember Them, 11th November 1989.”

Anniversary War Memorial, Dundee City Centre

War Graves, Muckhart

Muckhart is a collective term for two small villages in Clackmannanshire, Yetts o’ Muckhart and Pool of Muckhart. Both of these are near to Cowden Garden but unlike the garden are on the main A 91 road.

I found these graves in Muckhart Parish Church graveyard in Pool of Muckhart, which has a lovely situation below the Ochil Hills.

Serjeant W Cairns, Royal Engineers, 30/11/1918.

War Grave Muckhart

Lieutenant J D Cairns, B Sc, CA, 54th L A A Regt, R A, (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Territorial Army,18/3/1946, aged 42:-

War Grave, Muckhart

I suppose these may have been father and son.

One of the other gravestones contained dedications to two brothers, Gunner James Petrie, Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds, 5/4/1918, aged 26.
Private David Petrie, Black Watch, killed in action, July 2nd, aged 20.

War Inscriptions, Muckhart Grave

Star War Memorial

Star, or Star of Markinch, is a village in Fife, lying between Markinch and Kennoway, and a few miles from Son of the Rock Acres.

Its War Memorial is a plaque on the wall of the Primary School.

Star War Memorial

Surrounded by Celtic knot work the inscription is “1914” (as a monogram) “Pro Patria” plus a monogrammed “1918” then, “To the glory of god and in memory of the men of Star who fell in the Great War, followed by their names and, “They overcame and they loved not their lives unto the death.

War Memorial, Star

Kennoway War Memorial

Kennoway is a village in Fife, a few miles east of Markinch.

Its war memorial is a Celtic Cross above a tapering granite plinth:-

Kennoway War Memorial

Great War Dedication; in the stone wreath above the plinth, “1914 – 1918” then “Kennoway,” “Erected in loving memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives fighting for their couhtry’s honour.” Names for the Great War:-

Great War Dedication, Kennoway War Memorial

Other Wars Dedication; World War 2, “1939 -1945,” Malaya, Korean War, Falklands:-

Other Wars Dedication, Kennoway War Memorial

Reverse; “Other conflicts, Afghanistan, Stephen Walker”:-

Kennoway War Memorial, Afghanistan

War Graves, Innerleithen

Innerleithen’s cemetery is on the left hand side of the road as you go into the town from the direction of Traquair. I found twelve Commonwealth War Graves, eight for World War 2, four for the Great War.

J MCI Melrose, Royal Signals, 21/3/1944, aged 21:-

Innerleithen War Grave

W Craig, Ordinary Seaman, RN, HMS Ganges, 14/8/1945, aged 18:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Private J Strachan, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 13/6/1945, aged 18:-

Innerleithen War Grave

Corporal G K Brunton, The Royal Scots, 18/2/1944, aged 32:-

War Grave Innerleithen

Lance Corporal R T Smith, The Royal Scots, 13/6/1941, aged 23:-

Innerleithen War Grave

Sergeant G Russell, RAF, 6/5/1942, aged 32:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Trooper R Crosbie, 1st Lothians & Border Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps, 28/12/1940, aged 21:-

Innerleithen, War Grave

Lieutenant R Campbell, 1st Peebles-shire Home Guard, 20/8/1944, aged 55. It’s unusual to see a War Grave for someone who was in the Home Guard:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Private J Aitchison, 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, 15/10/1916, aged 40:-

Great War Grave, Innerleithen

Sergeant W J Bell, Royal Scots, 27/1/1917, aged 37. (And his wife, Isobel Hislop, died 22/5/1981, aged 87. 64 years after her husband.) I note that, as is the Scottish custom, Sergeant Bell’s wife reverted to her maiden name in death:-

Innerleithen, Great War Grave

Sapper G Blake, Royal Engineeers, 2/5/1918, aged 46:-

Innerleithen, Great War Grave

Lance Serjeant Edward Oliver, Royal Scots, 24/2/1916, aged 23:-

Great War Grave, Innerleithen

Innerleithen War Memorial

Innerleithen is a small town on the A 72 in Tweeddale, the Scottish Borders, in Peebleshire as was.

For a few years in the 1960s my grandfather (the original Jack Deighton) and grandmother Margery, lived in the town. It’s been one of my favourite places ever since.

Innerleithen War Memorial is an erect stone slab set in the grounds of the Memorial Hall off the B 709, at the junction between Leithen Road and Chapel Street. The gate is inscribed Innerleithen War Memorial:-

Innerleithen War Memorial

Innerleithen War Memorial

Dedications. “Pro Patria” inside a wreath flanked by “1914 – 1918,” Great War Names.”1939 – 1945,” and an additional lower plaque for a 1939 – 1945 addended name:-

Innerleithen War Memorial

Traquair War Memorial, Addendum

I posted a single photograph of this war memorial in 2013. A year or so ago I took some more.

Traquair War Memorial from across B 709:-

Traquair War Memorial from Distance

Dedication, “Lest We Forget” on bar of cross, Great War names on column:-

Traquair War Memorial

Dedications and WW2 Name. “To the memory of those who from this part of Traquair gave their lives in the cause of freedom 1914 – 1918.” The lower block is inscribed, “1939 – 1945. Lieut R D Ballantyne, Cardrona, DLI.” Cardrona is a vilage a mile or so from Traquair on the B 7602 to Peebles:-

Dedications and WW2 Name, Traquair War Memorial 3

Great War Names. I see from The Scottish Military Research Group – Commemorations Project that the first name here, Honourable E W Tennant, was one of the war poets.

Great War Names, Traquair War Memorial

The Things You See at Antiques Fairs

Photographed at Ingliston Antiques Fair February 2019.

S Luca’s ice-cream van. (A replica? Maybe not. Bargain Hunt’s Natasha Raskin Sharp was in it when we arrived.) Luca’s is a well-known (in Edinburgh and the Lothians) ice-cream company.

S Luca's Ice Cream Van

Roll of Honour. “Leith, Edinburgh and District Journeyman Coopers. The following members loyally took up arms in the Great War 1914 – 1918 and made the supreme sacrifice.”

Roll of Honour

Great War Memorials, Glasgow Cathedral

Memorial to Highlanders. The names are legible but the inscription below them is all but unreadable. At the time of visiting I was given to understand this was a memorial to men who died in service in India but it seems it is a Great War Memorial. There is a memorial to campaigns in India nearby.

Memorial to Highlanders, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Police Memorial. “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of the Glasgow Police who gave their lives in the War 1914 – 1918.”
“Go tell our city living we guarded thee, dead we guard thee still.”

Great War Memorial Glasgow Cathedral

Lowland Field Ambulance Memorial. “157th Lowland Field Ambulance. In proud memory of those who died for their country. 1914 -1918. 1939 – 1945. In arduis fidelis.”

Lowland Field Ambulance Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral 3

Royal Army Medical Corps Memorial. “1914 – 1919. In memory of the ranks of the ranks of the Glasgow units Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) who lost their lives in the Great War. Erected by their comrades.”

RAMC Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral Congregation Memorial:-

Great War Memorial, to Glasgow Cathedral Congregation

Memorial to “men of this church.” “Sacred to the memory of the men of this church who gave their lives in the Great War. Their name liveth for evermore.”

A Great War Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral

Memorial to Four Brothers of the Great War. “To the glory of God and in memory of four brothers native to this city who died for their country and in the cause of honour and freedom.
Capt Charles H Anderson, HLI, Givenchy, 19/12/1914.
Lt Alexander R Anderson, HLI, Vielle Chapelle, 8/10/1915.
Capt Edward K Anderson, RFC, Winchester, 16/3/1918.
Lt Col William H Anderson VC, Mericourt, 15/3/1918.”

Memorial to Four Brothers of the Great War, Glasgow Cathedral

Highland Light Infantry Memorial. “In memory of the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and men of the 23 Battalion HLI who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918. Their name liveth for evermore.”

Highland Light Infantry Great War Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral

Roll of Honour, Parish of St Mungo High, 1914 – 1919:-

Roll of Honour, Parish of St Mungo High 1914 - 1919

There were two busts near the Cathedral’s entrance of a woman in nurse’s uniform and a man in military uniform, presumably set in place for the 100th anniversary of the Great War:-

Great War Busts, Glasgow Cathedral

Falkland War Memorial Addendum

I first posted about Falkland War memorial here. In 2018 an extra memorial was added by its side. This takes the form of a green and red cart filled with Memorial crosses. I assume this was placed here to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War’s end. It lies beside the very recently erected Falkland War Memorial (see link) before which the town’s fallen were commemorated by a plaque housed in various buildings over the years.

War Memorial Cart, Falkland

Memorial crosses:-

Crosses in Falkland War Memorial Cart

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